Item Designworks has reportedly created the Whass office chair for Spanish brand Actiu. It has been designed for flexible use as it offers a comfortable seat for a day of work and also can be easily stored away when not required. The chair is designed with the aim to suit changing environments. The chair has been designed with a boxy frame and a curved backrest.This simple form allows up to 30 units to be stacked on top of one another. But it is also ergonomic, able to support the sitter's back through long hours at a desk. The curve offers comfort. The chair is reportedly available in three different leg and height options and also comes with the option of an upholstered seat.
Pepperfry is expected to pump up over Rs 850 million this year as it sets up over 100 offline stores and strengthens its supply chain operations to reach more customers. The furniture and home products company aims to touch a GMV (gross merchandise value) of $1 billion by March 2021 as it scales up its operations across metros and Tier-I and Tier-II cities. At present, the company has reportedly 42 studios with 12 franchisees, while the remaining 30 are owned and operated by the company. Through Studio Pepperfry, the company is expected showcasea curated range of furniture from its online portfolio, and is also expected to offer interior designing consultancy at these stores. Besides, these stores will be reportedly dedicated stores for its in-house brand Clouddio(for mattresses and pillows).
AkzoNobel, one of the leading global paints and coatings company and makers of Dulux Paints in India, has unveiledSpiced Honey as the Colour of the Year 2019, following expert research into global trends, insights and consumer behaviours. Farhan Akhtar, the brand ambassador of Dulux in India unveiled Spiced Honey.Perfectly capturing this year’s theme ‘let the light in’, the warm amber tone is versatile and contemporary, and complements a wide variety of life and interior styles.At the launch of the Colour of the Year 2019,Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director, Decorative Paints South East and South Asia (SESA), AkzoNobelsaid, “With AkzoNobel’s innovative digital tool, consumers would be able to experience the impact of colours digitally allowing them to make their decisions optimistically.” Under the umbrella of Colour of the Year, Spiced Honey inspires four harmonious colour palettes themed warm neutrals, soft pastels, intense pigments, and bold bright palette. Each theme is inspired by the varied tones and remarkable properties of honey – natural, timeless and enduring, protective, rejuvenating, and healing –palettes are also to be seen on the rise of fashion, architecture and design.
Danish firm COBE, in collaboration with Dutch architecture practice MVRDV, has reportedly built Roskilde Festival Folk High School campus inside a former concrete factory. The duo has created the school in a warehouse that was worn out and rough. The architecture studios have kept the concrete girders and pillars from the factory, adding large windows and inserting 16 boxes to divide up the space into areas for different workshops. In two levels, these boxes are expected to be stacked around a central common area, thus retaining the original 8 m high ceiling of the industrial space. At the front of the main school building is the student living block. Every floor of the four-storey building houses around 12-15 students, who share a common space with a kitchen, dining area and working niches.
IOTA, a premium furniture store, has introduced its latest range of high-end collection for the living room. IOTA is one of India’s most trusted brand of multi-designer furniture, and is known to bring together the talent of experienced and emerging designers and brands to create a collection that is contemporary and fun, but rooted in quality design and materials for its niche Indian clientele. The latest living room collection comprises of sofas, sectionals, consoles, side table, lamps, accessories and chairs.According to Namit Ajmani, IOTA, “Our living room collection is designed to give you the welcoming and cozy feel. It’s about enduring design classics, mixing old and new styles, quality and comfort, and the crucially important elements of colour and texture, which makes each piece ageless.”The living room furniture collection by IOTA is versatile and unique in design, which makes it a fit for almost any room perfectly.IOTA is recognised to offer the best under one roof and is a proud provider of brands such as Ligne Roset, Kartell, Mois Mobilya, Vanessa, Nills, Homage and more in the Indian market.
Italian 3D-printing technology developer WASP has reportedly built a 3D-printed house, which is made with soil and agricultural waste. Gaia showcases the abilities of Crane Wasp, a modular 3D-printer that can create homes in a variety of formats and sizes. The 30-sq-m house has timber beams internally that holds the timber roof, while its outer shell is made up of a 3-D print. The house has been reportedly printed using mud with soil from the surroundings, including waste materials such as chopped straw and rice husks. The mixture is layered using a 3D-printer suspended from a crane, creating walls with vertical cavities inside, which are then filled with rice husks for insulation. The outer area of the wall structure is mainly kept empty for ventilation and rice husks are used for creating plaster for coating the internal walls.
The designs for a museum surrounding the Golden Hinde has been reportedly unveiled by SPPARC. It will be a full size replica of the of Francis Drake's Golden Hind galleon. Located in London, the museum is expected to be partially cantilevered over the River Thames. The museum is split in two levels over 1,125 sq m building and is linked to a covered walkway that wraps around the ship. It is expected to be constructed from slats of the same solid English oak used for the refurbishment of the gallion, and lined with glass. The entrance and the ticket hall is expected to occupy the first level, thus leading to the exhibition space. The lower level will reportedly host the exhibition space, thus providing access to the walkway with the viewing galleries to the ship.
Three matching wooden viewpoints in the mountains of the Mediterranean island of Corsica has been reportedly built by Orma Architettura. Corsican Deer Observatories is a wildlife protection zone that covers nearly 40 per cent of the island. The three Corsican Deer Observatories are reportedly elevated on outcrops within St Pierre de Venaco, Castifao and Quenza, three communes where the deer can be commonly sighted. The structure has been built by local artisans and is elevated on top of the rocks with a slats of wood. The viewpoints all have matching rectilinear forms that resemble tree trunks, but are adapted to suit their specific locations. The viewpoints can be accessed by externally placed ladders that blend into their facades.
Studio Fuksas has reportedly unveiled plans for a stepped office and commercial building in Monaco. The building is expected to be covered in plant-filled terrace on the waterfront of the city. The vertical park will reportedly stand alongside of the cable car station and will have a mix of cultural and commercial spaces spread over five storeys. These spaces will be linked to the terraces. From the ground to the fifth floor, its tiered facade will be connected by ramps and staircases designed to create a series of scenic walks for pedestrians. They will also link to the adjoining cable car being built on the site. The ground floor will be in red hues to reflect the tiles of the historic centre of Monaco, while the first storey will be of blue colour, with second in shades of lavender and purple. finished in grey tones to echo the cliffs of Cote d'Azur.
HomeLane.com, an online and interiors brand, has reportedly raised Rs 330 million in a bridge round from JSW Ventures, Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital. It is expected to deploy the money to double its experience centres to 18 across five cities in six months. Besides, HomeLane.com will also be enhancing its virtual interior design platform Spacecraft to bring designers and customers to collaborate on ideas. The brand aims to provide home designing and furnishing experience to urban homebuyers. The firm has reportedly raised $30 million in total funding. Currently, HomeLane.com operates in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi-NCR, with nine experience centres, and has roped in over 500 designers.